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New Work

It is about that time. A new statement about the work. I don’t know exactly what it will look like. So i start here. Parts of this will make its way to my website where i write about my philosophy and process. -Less this time – there is less to say. Interested in simplifying further. […]

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A Contemplative Studio Practice (V)

An absolute economy of materiality

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Earth

Grandma and Grandpa were farmers from Italy. When they arrived in Chicago in 1910, to what is now Jefferson Park’s Linder Avenue, it was all land. They had a garden that produced numerous vegetables; among them, corn, which my mother sold by the ear on the street corner during the depression. Everywhere Apollonia and Salvatore […]

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gunpowder green

Sun, pink, illuminates mountains outside the studio window. Pink, then changing to orange. Me in silence, Serendipity sits in the window.  New paintings for the new year – i clear a space off the studio table so she can sit. At 7:30am, continuing to squeeze the last absolute breaths of this immensely creative time away […]

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document for 2014

A Perpetual Horizon The artist Wolfgang Laib has stated that “repetition is the most beautiful thing in existence”. If one contemplates this thought it can be found in our breathing, the patterns we see in nature, and the horizons that we see continuously in the West. These new paintings embody a union of concepts that […]

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a winter cadence

The muses and ghosts that are the winds of Santa Fe and the land of New Mexico are numerous and undeniable. The manifestation of ego and intense material culture that results can be ignored. Here, now, at the dawn of winter, there is hardly anyone. It is deserted.  And there is a unique cadence. A […]

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In the Making

I think of Andy Goldsworthy this morning. In the film Rivers and Tides, when he is in the kitchen having breakfast with his family. You know the scene. Every maker who has witnessed that film knows that scene. It betrays Goldsworthy’s (and our) need for the slowness, silence, introspection and magic required to make work […]

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Notes for another generation of cultural workers

In 1996 I left a full time career at the School of the Art institute of Chicago. I was 34. I had started attending classes there when I was 16. At 18 I was working in the department of art education and on my BFA. The rest of the years were spent making my work, […]

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An alternative studio practice for the 21st Century

I am greatly inspired by the Abstract Manifesto written by Rebecca Morris http://joshuaabelow.blogspot.com/2011/02/rebecca-morris-abstract-manifesto.html. It feels as if it came from a place that all true art thinking comes from. Some deep moment that has been sparked. Chicago Critic Pedro Velez tweeted the manifesto one day – that is how I came upon it. I have thought about the […]

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Body and Place in the West (April 2013)

I live and work on a mountain. My paintings come to me as complete works. Each is a visual flash of thoughts and feelings as I move through, look and feel the place in which I live. My materials include the landscape (earth). Landscape is multidimensional – the paintings are a document of that multidimensionality. […]

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